July 9, 2010
Superstars: Divas in the main event?!? Also, a veteran shows that he is on top of his game
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling

Change is in the air tonight. We have a mixed tag match with special guest referees, a Master Lock Challenge, and the Divas are main eventing the show. I cannot remember ever seeing Divas main event a WWE show. Also, Goldust is taking on Zack Ryder. Goldust has put together an impressive string of matches. Will it continue tonight?

Michael Cole begins things and introduces the show with the enthusiasm of me at a Michael Cole fan convention.

Match #1 –Jillian Hall & Primo vs. Gail Kim & Yoshi Tatsu

The Bellas are the special guest referees. Jillian starts by pulling Gail down by the hair. Gail turns it around with a kick and a running clothesline before tagging in Primo. Because it is a mixed tag team match, Yoshi automatically is in. Jillian tries to assist Primo by grabbing Yoshi’s leg, but it is Gail who helps her mail partner by hitting a flying headscissors on Primo. Primo turns it around and hits some kicks to Yoshi’s side, before applying a headlock.

With Yoshi in the corner, Primo charges him with a shoulder block. Primo hits a slam and gets a two count. The women are tagged in an Gail hits a lateral press. Both women climb to the top turn buckle, until Gail drops. The women then double clothesline each other. After an argument, Jillian hits one of the Bella officiating. The other Bella takes her place and Gail Kim rolls up Jillian. The Bella who is now officiating does an extremely fast three count.

Winners via pinfall: Gail Kim & Yoshi Tatsu

Why were the Bellas the guest officials for the match? How is that at all fair? It makes the matches seem completely arbitrary. Would the NFL ever have a Minnesota Vikings football player officiate a game between the Bears and the Packers?

Cole plugs the relationship between WWE and Youtube. Hours of WWE content are now available on Youtube.

Match #2 -Goldust vs. Zack Ryder

Nice arm drag by Goldust to start the match. Goldust again is moving faster than he ever has and hits another arm drag. Goldust stops Ryder from mountain a comeback by hitting a clothesline and knocking him outside the ring with his butt. Commercial.

After the break, Goldust catapults Ryder into the ropes and Ryder falls on Goldust’s knees. Ryder finally takes control after snapping Goldust’s throat into the top rope. Ryder applies a headlock, but Goldust recovers and hits a clothesline and a bulldog. Goldust hits a very crisp scoop slam and gets a two count. Out of nowhere, Ryder pulls Goldust into the turnbuckle and hits the Rough Ryder and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

Goldust was controlling 90% of that match. It makes no sense that all of a sudden Ryder would hit one move and win, especially since his finisher does not appear any more devastating than the offense Goldust was executing. Goldust put forth one heck of an effort in that match and has become one of my favorites to watch. Is management watching?

The recap of NXT airs. The rookies had to demonstrate charisma by cutting promos on random topics. It is interesting seeing rookies being hazed on national television.

In a rare change of pace from the Superstars format, we are treated to a Master Lock Challenge. Caylen Croft is the contestant. He gets throttled. Trent Barreta claims that Masters had too much oil on and is invited to take the challenge himself. Not sure how this solves the oil issue. Before the second challenge begins the Dude Busters attack Masters and leave him lying in the ring.

A video airs on Jack Swagger. Then the Raw Rebound airs. You know the drill. Laycool also makes their way to the ring for the main event.

Match #3 –Michelle McCool & Layla vs. Kelly Kelly & Tiffany

Well this main event is interesting. McCool and Tiffany start and the former ECW General Manager (credentials for that job included ????) goes on offense early. It does not resemble an actual fight in any way. Kelly tags, but McCool turns it around quickly and tags in Layla. Kelly hits a Lou Thesz press and tags Tiffany back in. Tiffany hits some dropkicks, but gets knocked to the ground when trying to climb the top rope.

McCool hits rapid knees to Tiffany’s side. Layla tags in and prevents Tiffany from tagging in. Classic tag team strategy as Laycool tries to cut the ring in half and execute rapid tags. After Layla misses a leg drop, Tiffany tags in Kelly. Kelly explodes on offense and gets a two after a sunset flip. Layla slows Kelly with a kick to the gut, but Kelly kicks her back and charges her from the corner. Kelly actually has Layla pinned but the ref stops the count to stop Tiffany from entering the ring. With the official’s back turned, McCool kicks Kelly in the head and Laycool gets the win.

Winners via pinfall: Michelle McCool & Layla

Sometimes change can be refreshing. I’m not sure that the customary Superstars format needs to change permanently, but this week was a nice change of pace. By putting the Divas in that main event slot, WWE made them seem more important. I will at least remember the match tomorrow. The Master Lock Challenge also gave the show a different flavor. I recommend WWE continues to sprinkle in a variety of segments into the show. My final thought on this week’s show: Goldust can go. I’ve set it before in recent weeks, but WWE needs to give this man a shot.


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